Obituary : Dale E. Robinson
Dale E. Robinson died of lung cancer on March 21. He was born on April 27, 1941, in Louisville, Ken. Dale was the son of Onslow S. Robinson, a native Islander, and Edna (Baldwin) Robinson of New Bedford. The family returned to Martha's Vineyard when Dale was six. He has been a Vineyarder most of his life. He attended the Menemsha School in Chilmark, and Tisbury School in Vineyard Haven. A short time ago Dale worked really hard to get his GED.
One of five children, Dale was predeceased by his brother Albert Robinson and by his sister Betty L. Quinn. Surviving him are his sister Diane Leonard of Vineyard Haven, and a brother Norman F. Robinson of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Nieces and nephews include Albert Robinson Jr. of Vineyard Haven, Clifton Robinson of Oak Bluffs, Lori Fisher, Rhonda Fauteaux, Debra Manley, of all Edgartown, Jeanne Alwardt of N.H., Paula Bliss of Falmouth, Kathy Victoria of Austin, Tex., Raymond Morris of Omaha, Neb., and Keith Robinson of Manhattan Beach, Calif. He also had many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Dale was employed in construction by his father's contracting business, and enjoyed scalloping in Menemsha Pond. For a time he was self-employed in lawn maintenance. He worked as an operator of automatic production machines for a shop in Torrance, Calif., and later on road maintenance crews for the town of Chilmark.
He was happiest when caring for animals, and took care of two horses on his parents' property. He always had one or more dogs, finally including "Fraulein," who was brought to the hospital by Matt and Brenda Starfursky, to visit him frequently while he was in hospice care.
The viewing was Wednesday, March 25, at Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. The memorial service will be at 11 am today, Thursday March 26, at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, followed by his burial at Abel's Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity may be made in his name.